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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 14 
ProducerPeter Michael (web)
VarietySauvignon Blanc
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationKnights Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2013 (based on 8 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Peter Michael Sauvignon Blanc L`Apres Midi on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.9 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 65 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Harry Cantrell on 6/28/2015 & rated 90 points: Pale yellow. Nose was Sauvignon blanc but less acidic, citrus in the nose. Taste was smoother than anticipated, citrus in the taste. Good. (44 views)
 Tasted by T.E.D. on 5/13/2015 & rated 87 points: Deep alcohol on the nose, some funk. Massive viscosity with barrels of oak, paint, tropical fruit and vanilla extract. Little to no acid, flat on palate. How this represents true Sauvignon blanc will always be a mystery to me. Clearly a lot of time and effort put into the wine but stylistically overreaching. Drink now. (174 views)
 Tasted by wino121 on 8/4/2014: This one might have been a bit corky...unfortunately. (928 views)
 Tasted by NEwino on 8/2/2014 & rated 90 points: This was my last bottle and you could tell it was a bit over the hill. This was a brilliant bottle about 18 months ago with a fantastic minerality but still combining zesty fruit flavors. Just waited a bit long to drink this bottle. Drink them if you have them. (768 views)
 Tasted by NEwino on 11/11/2013 & rated 90 points: This is really consistent with previous bottles. Wonderful acidity with a elegant style. Continues to evolve as it is open. I appreciate this wine a touch warmer than most of my Sauv. Blancs as it brings out the fullness and complexity of this wine. Drink now (1562 views)
 Tasted by Mark H. LeQuire on 9/26/2013 & rated 94 points: Simply Amazing. (1594 views)
 Tasted by Wine-Strategies on 9/9/2013: Cheeky little wine that had everyone stumped. Opens with good SB typicity, but moves fairly quickly to a bigger, fuller expression that might easily confuse most. Never goes out of bounds and only introduces a brief volley of tropical and slight honey notes. Very nice, especially with the fried calamari. Drink up. (2053 views)
 Tasted by NEwino on 9/4/2013 & rated 91 points: This bottle changes as it opens a great deal as it opens up in the glass. The nose is citrus the mouth continues with the citrus but goes to pears. I really enjoy this bottle. Drink now to 2014 (1146 views)
 Tasted by NY Wino on 7/28/2013 & rated 94 points: Drinking beautifully now. Excellent fruit, big bodied Sauvignon blanc (1149 views)
 Tasted by Tonythefish on 6/15/2013 & rated 89 points: Nice SB. Too sweet for me, but was nice accompaniment to seafood. Citrus and melon overtones (805 views)
 Tasted by mrmedoes on 12/29/2012 & rated 92 points: One of the top Cali SBs that I've had, along with Quintessa, Merry Edwards and Mondavi To Kalon (which is bottled as fume blanc, so not technically SB). A great drinker that shows what SB can be in the hands of great winemakers. (1360 views)
 Tasted by fdub on 11/27/2012 & rated 94 points: Nice melon and barrel ferment richness. Lovely viscosity. Long lingering finish and kiwi aftertaste. A great SB. (1552 views)
 Tasted by aof on 11/23/2012 & rated 91 points: Restrained style, just lacking intensity and complexity. (1312 views)
 Tasted by jc-mmb on 7/26/2012 & rated 89 points: not my fav bottle of this. nose was very good and full of light fruits and bright aromas. palate was muted compared to other bottles i've had. missed on depth of fruit and really missed on those clean tropical notes that wake the palate. finish was again blunted. not defective, perhaps just an off bottle of sorts. (1813 views)
 Tasted by ataraxy on 6/16/2012 & rated 92 points: lovely. very full-bodied for a sauvignon blanc. (1736 views)
 Tasted by Acohen on 6/3/2012 & rated 91 points: Lovely light color with pale yellow color and a nice amount of grass and apple on the nose. Has a nice amount of lime, lemon and grassiness in a very serious mineral finish (1492 views)
 Tasted by MJTed on 5/24/2012 & rated 91 points: Last bottle. Still great. Thick for and SB but showing pure fruit and a complex finish. (1396 views)
 Tasted by NEwino on 2/17/2012 & rated 91 points: As others have said I would have to agree that this is one of the most unique Sauvignon Blancs that I have had. It is extremely complex with muted citrus and pear. The nose had a wonderful smell of rich butterscotch that had me very interested from the start. I really enjoyed this wine as a change of pace but it is a very different and complex type of Sauvignon Blanc that may not appeal to some. (1862 views)
 Tasted by air guitar & pinot noir on 1/21/2012 & rated 91 points: Probably the most unique Sauvignon Blanc I have had. Very complex and coy with muted citrus, some tropical notes and hazelnut influences. Richness evident with vanilla, tropical fruits with limited acidity. Round and delicious with melon and floral qualities. Wow! Would have never guessed this varietal for some reason. (1987 views)
 Tasted by Acohen on 12/11/2011 & rated 91 points: Lovely sb with great pale yellow color, subtle aroma and good solid mouthfeel with green apple and slight grassiness (2264 views)
 Tasted by JS199 on 10/22/2011 & rated 91 points: A fine showing. Subtle and powerful. It opened and closed several times, a tease if you will. Fascinating. (2570 views)
 Tasted by MJTed on 8/30/2011 & rated 90 points: Time to drink up. Still good, and hedonistic but on the decline. (2715 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 8/24/2011 & rated 92 points: Brilliantly yellow golden with aromas of butterscotch, custard and green apple. Medium body with soft acidity leaning toward a more lush style. Custard and vanilla bean ramp up as an intermingling of green stonefruit, lemon peel and minerals hit the scene. A great balance is struck amidst this bountiful richness as the finish lingers long and lively. Despite it's hefty ABV this is still very drinkable. (2786 views)
 Tasted by Porchino on 6/4/2011 & rated 92 points: orange blossom and pear had in vt great sipping wine (3424 views)
 Tasted by MJTed on 5/25/2011 & rated 92 points: Still going strong. Tropical fruit- pineapple and mango with traditional SB profile of lemongrass on the finish. (3387 views)
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By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, May/June 2011, IWC Issue #156
(Peter Michael Winery Sauvignon Blanc L'Apres-Midi Sonoma County) Subscribe to see review text.
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Peter Michael

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The Peter Michael Winery is the California outpost of British-born Sir Peter Michael who has shown a Midas touch for selecting brilliant winemakers, including Helen Turley, Mark Aubert, Luc Morlet and more recently Luc’s brother, Nicolas. The consistency of these offerings from the cool climate hillside vineyards in Knight’s Valley and the Sonoma Coast has been respected and cherished by each of these winemakers... All things considered, Peter Michael is one of the reference point wineries in California.

2009 Peter Michael Sauvignon Blanc L'Apres-Midi

Winemaker's Tasting Notes:
Very intense and multi-layered, the bouquet is dominated by forest spring flowers, honeysuckle, lily, acacia, orange blossom, with white peach, lemon, lime, William pear, grapefruit, honey, minerals. The rich and delicate, zesty flavors follow seamlessly from the aroma. Layered, elegant and very long, the estate’s signature wet stone minerality balances the richness lending a superb refinement to the finish. Build to age, the 2009 L’Après-Midi is already revealing itself as a superb expression our estate’s terroir.

Wine Information:
Harvested: September 13 – 27, 2009.
Blend: 86% Sauvignon Blanc and 14% Sémillon 100% naturally fermented using native yeast.
100% barrel fermented (French oak from selected artisan coopers).
Barrel aged sur lies 8 months with weekly bâtonnage.
Alcohol: 15.2%.
Release Date: September 1, 2010.

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